Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Colin Kaepernick
The San Francisco 49ers is coming off a disappointing 8-8 season and failed to make the playoffs. They struggled on the offensive side of the ball by averaging just 19 points per game. In their first season in their new stadium the club went just 4-4. Head coach Jim Harbaugh was forced out and was replaced by defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
San Francisco was 30th and third last in the NFL in passing yards as the team averaged just 191 yards per game. Kaepernick a five year veteran is coming off a 2014 campaign where he started all 16 games and hit 60.5% of his throws with 19 touchdowns and 10 picks. Colin Kaepernick has played in every game the past two seasons so he has shown some durability. He is a threat to run but finished last year with 639 rushing yards with a touchdown. Turnovers were an issue for the 49ers quarterback as he fumbled five times.
The 49ers signed a weapon in the passing game for Kaepernick in wide out Torrey Smith. The fifth year pro had 49 catches for Baltimore in 2014 for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns. Smith had an impressive 15.7 yards per catch a season ago where he was a target of Joe Flacco.
Veteran 13 year pro Anquan Boldin had 83 catches for the 49ers a year ago that went for 1062 yards. Unfortunately Boldin found the end zone just five times last year as wide receiver. He posted a near career average 12.8 yards per catch.
The rest of the wide receiver unit is a bunch of young pros that are looking to make a name in this league. Michael Crabtree left San Francisco and crossed the Bay Area to play for the Oakland Raiders. Former South Carolina Gamecock Bruce Ellington in his rookie campaign had just six catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
Word during the NFL draft was the 49ers were looking for receiving help. With the 132nd pick in the draft the team landed former Georgia Tech wide out DeAndre Smelter. Unfortunately Smelter tore his ACL in December and most likely won’t be ready to play for the first half of the season. The club isn’t sure that Smelter can play a down in 2015.
In the tight end position its ten year veteran Vernon Davis returning for the club. His production was way down in 2014 with 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers with an aging veteran starting at the tight end position drafted Blake Bell from Oklahoma in the fourth round. Bell used to be a quarterback with the Sooners program but converted into a tight end by the school. As a quarterback Bell was a bruising runner who had eyes for the end zone. Bell in 2014 at the tight end position started six games for the Sooners for 214 receiving yards and 15 receptions. With only one year in college at the position the odds are very long with Bell becoming an impact player with the 49ers at the tight end position for NFL fantasy draft managers to include on their rosters.
San Francisco acquired Reggie Bush in the offseason who was available in free agency. Bush is already in his tenth year and finished 2014 with 40 catches for 253 yards but no receiving touchdowns. More was expected from Bush in the Lions system as the club puts the ball in the air quite a bit. Bush is playing for a long term contract as he is signed for just the 2015 season. The 49ers saw veteran running back Frank Gore leave during free agency to the Indianapolis Colts. Carlos Hyde in his rookie campaign with the 49ers had 83 rushing attempts for 333 yards and four touchdowns. There is huge pressure on Hyde because many are expecting him to replace Frank Gore. Hyde has a huge opportunity to be the lead back and earn a big money payday on his next contract. The 49ers are giving the second year back the opportunity to do so.
Colin Kaepernick is going to be a more vocal leader on his club. Problem is the 49ers roster offensively is not strong enough to make a recommendation of selecting Kaepernick on fantasy football rosters.
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